I love to hike in the mountains of North Carolina where I live. And while I am in decent shape, sometimes the trails are steep and I start to get out of breath. My inclination is to stop and take a break but from experience I know to keep pushing on until I get to the top. There is a well-known principle that speaks to this situation, which we can also apply to our lives for greater power and purpose.
The Principle for Greater Power & Purpose
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Thanks to high school physics class most of us know: “An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion.”
How many people do you know who spend each and every day complaining about the life they have while doing nothing about it? These people are “objects at rest.” They have stopped, and getting going again can be hard! Notice I didn’t say impossible, just hard.
Now think of the people you know who seem to be accomplishing a lot each and every day. What do they have in common? They are moving! Always in motion. They have figured out that consistent action toward their goals keeps them not only more productive but also more happy and fulfilled. They are “objects in motion.”
Think about where you are in your life and where you would like to be. Write out the first 5 steps to moving toward your end goals. It might start with having a conversation with a loved one. Or researching new careers. Or saving a little money each paycheck for that dream vacation.
Whatever you write down, commit to doing one step every day, or at minimum one step each week. And keep moving! What’s the next step? Do that! Do it today! Don’t wait.
Each time you find yourself feeling stuck, or unhappy or unfulfilled, think about what you want to change and take consistent action in the direction of your dreams! Make “being in motion” your default mode. Before you know it, you will have an incredibly powerful and purposeful life.